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Consumer guarantees

While most businesses are by now aware of the existence of the consumer guarantees contained in Australian Consumer law (the ACL), there are a number of peculiarities in this area of law which can cause confusion. In light of this we’ve put together a quick FAQ about some of the issues which...

Australia needs to work on consumer privacy

The Notifiable Data Breaches amendment has now become law, meaning Australian businesses must notify their consumers when a data hack, security threat or leak has occurred at their organisation.

National recycling label to combat growing waste issues

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), alongside Planet Ark and PREP Design, have launched a nation-wide labelling scheme that will help consumers better understand how to recycle products effectively. Leading members from the Australian Retailers Association (ARA), including...

NSW gift card regulation producing more harm than good

Moves to regulate the sale of gift cards with a lack of evidence have been excessive in New South Wales (NSW), with the Government regulating a popular product for retailers which had no serious issues.

Apple Pay to level the playing field for mobile wallets

In recent years, the retail sector has been impacted by considerable payments system change, much of which has been of great benefit to the sector. However, as always there are still various challenges facing retailers including maintaining a fair, open and low cost transactional environment....

Concerns over consumer confidence

Retail sales have posted the biggest two-month decline in seven years as households reduced spending in many discretionary product areas. Not since late-2010 has there been a larger two-month slide.

Reduced Penalty Rates are Here to Stay!

If you haven’t already heard, this month the Full Court of the Federal Court rejected the legal bid by unions to overturn the Fair Work Commission’s decision to cut penalty rates.

In February we saw the historic reduction of penalty rates in an unprecedented win for the retail and hospitality...

Vulnerable Workers Legislation Passes Through Senate

The Senate last Monday (September 4)  passed tough new laws that will see penalties of up to $630,000 for employers who knowingly underpay their employees.

The Current State of Retail Shop Leases Across the Nation

The ARA in conjunction with their referral partners, Lease1, have been burning the midnight oil of late with the unprecedented number of Retail Shop Lease legislative and Code reviews on behalf of Members.

ARA disagrees with Labor's 12 month delay to GST low-value imports

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) disagrees with Labor's announcement to delay the implementation of GST to low-value imports and strongly supports the Government in closing the Low Value Threshold (LVT) loophole for the purchase of offshore tangible goods under $1000.

A reduction in company tax is great news for retailers

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) believes the reduction in the company tax rate will attract retail investment, create jobs and help build a stronger Australian economy,

Key changes to the Retail Leases Act for NSW

The Retail Leases Amendment (Review) Bill 2017 was passed on 21 February 2017 which will amend the Retail Leases Act 1994 (NSW). The commencement date is yet to be determined by Parliament but we have summarised how these changes will benefit retailers with stores in NSW below.

Retail Awards and Agreements

Awards and Agreements prescribe the wages and conditions of work in the industry and have the force of law. It is important for retailers to know the difference between Awards and Agreements, as some retail employees find that they are better off with the Retail Award, while others feel that an...

ARA achieves historic reduction in Sunday Penalty Rates

The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission issued its decision in the Penalty Rates case last Thursday 23 February 2017. The ARA sought a reduction in the Sunday Penalty Rate under the General Retail Industry Award 2010 (GRIA) from its current level of an additional 100% to 50%. The Full Bench...

What’s in store for retailers this year?

The New Year is upon us and once again it’s time to prepare for what is shaping up to be another big year for the retail industry. So what are the key employment issues that ARA members should be aware of in 2017?

Modern award review update

The Australian Retailers Association, Master Grocers Association (MGA), Franchise Council of Australia (FCA) and Shopping Centre Council of Australia (SCCA) are the only industry bodies to have contributed financially to this important case, with the ARA having lead the case in conjunction with...

DELAY IN PENALTY RATES DECISION - HOPEFUL OF POSITIVE OUTCOME

The Fair Work Commission today issued further Directions in relation to the conduct of the Penalty Rates case. This document outlines the proceedings and process going forward.

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